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Friday, 9 November, 2001, 17:48 GMT
Hoaxer jailed over food claims
Jars of Nescafe instant coffee
The defendant claimed he found glass in his food
A Leicester man has been jailed for 14 months after repeatedly hoaxing companies by claiming he had found foreign objects in his food.

Omar Kuddus, from Chandos Street in Leicester, falsely claimed to have found glass and insects in numerous well-known brands.

The court heard that Kudds sent letters of complaint to a number of food companies, including the makers of Nescafé coffee, and the makers of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, over a period of seven months in 2000.

Kuddus, 38, claimed he had found shards of glass in their products and said he had suffered cuts to his mouth.

Immense trouble

They sent him a total of £420 in compensation as well as replacement goods.

But Kuddus' crime was uncovered when his name kept cropping up on a database set up on behalf of the food industry to monitor customer complaints.

Kuddus's house was raided by police, who found carrier bags containing shards of broken glass and letters making the false claims.

He appeared for sentence at Leicester Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to 15 counts of obtaining property by deception.

Recorder Christopher Tickle said Kuddus had caused the food industry an immense amount of trouble.

He said Kuddus was a dishonest man with a very dishonest record.

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